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November 29, 2005

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Kirston Fortune, UT Law, (512) 471.7330.

Duke Ligon, '69, Receives Eugene Kuntz Award for Work in Oil & Gas

AUSTIN, Texas—This month, Duke R. Ligon, a 1969 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, became the 2006 recipient of the prestigious Eugene Kuntz Award for outstanding contributions to the oil and gas industry.

Ligon is general counsel and senior vice president for Devon Energy Corp., one of the largest independent oil companies in the country and headquartered in Oklahoma City. Ligon spent 12 years practicing energy law prior to joining Devon in the late ‘90s. He has also served as a trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation since 2002.

The Eugene Kutz award—given by The University of Oklahoma College of Law since 1993—honors lawyers who have made major contributions to the field of natural resources law and policy. It is considered one of the most unique and prestigious awards given in the country to experts in this field. In addition, Ligon is among the first from UT Law to receive this award, which is often awarded to a law graduate from The University of Oklahoma.

“A University of Texas Law School grad has to be quite extraordinary and richly deserving to warm the hearts of this bunch of Sooners,” Andrew Coats, dean of the College of Law at The University of Oklahoma, wrote in a letter congratulating Ligon on the award.

Ligon, who lives and works in Oklahoma City, received the award at a Nov. 18 luncheon held in conjunction with the annual Eugene Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law & Policy at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The award includes a plaque with an original sculpture made of native Oklahoma stone by native American artist Adeline Chaddlesone.

The award is named after Eugene Kuntz, a former law school dean and chaired professor at The University of Oklahoma who was also the author of a multi-volume treatise on oil and gas and one of the foremost experts in oil and gas law in the United States.

Ligon was partner at the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw in New York City and was senior vice president and managing director for Investment Banking at Bankers Trust Co. in New York. He also held various leadership positions with the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Treasury, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy.

The conference was co-sponsored by the Mineral Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association and is designed for mineral law attorneys and petroleum landmen who are interested in learning the most prevalent law and policy in the oil and gas industry.

“It is a fairly unique award, “said Professor Owen Anderson who teaches oil and gas law at The University of Oklahoma College of Law. “We consider this to be a very high honor.”

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